Move your knuckles slowly up the tibialis anterior (just
lateral to the tibia) while plantarflexing and dorsiflexing
your client’s foot.
After your client does this as a passive movement, you
can do this technique while they actively stretch their
tibialis anterior by plantarflexing and dorsiflexing their
ankle. Use of their gastrocnemius and soleus to plantar-
flex will help the tibialis anterior to relax by reciprocal
You may notice as you move your knuckles up the tibialis
anterior that the movement is easy when the muscle is
stretching, and becomes more difficult when the muscle
is contracting. It is good to go with this and move your
knuckles as the tissues allow you to (when the tibialis
anterior is stretching).
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